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Leon Payne and an unnamed colleague - who are both 18-years-old - were seriously hurt when they fell from a lifting platform while working for Derbyshire manufacturing firm Storetec in Tibshelf in April 2009.
At the time of this incident, the duo were helping to load scrap trolleys into a skip using a makeshift platform created by Brian Crossan, director of Storetec, which could be lifted by a forklift truck.
However, the surface was dragged from the prongs of the vehicle while the pair were standing on it, causing them to fall around 4.5 metres to the floor below.
Mr Payne suffered a broken back, while his co-worker fractured both of his heels and needed to have a metal plate inserted in his foot.
Fiona Coffey of the Health and Safety Executive commented: "These two teenagers, who were just embarking on their working lives, narrowly escaped death and have now been left with life-changing physical and psychological injuries."
Posted by Emily Swanson
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